From 17 – 21 March 2018, ABNE staff held their annual meeting in Accra. The objective of this meeting was to assess the progress made and the needs for improvement in project implementation on the ground. The meeting also aimed to develop and adopt a robust and effective strategy plan to address all the needs and fill the gaps as to the provision of technical expertise for implementing functional biosafety systems in Africa.
The meeting was opened by Prof Aggrey Ambali, Head of NEPAD’s Industrialisation, Science, Technology and Innovation Hub alongside with Dr. Jeremy Ouedraogo, Head of the NEPAD Regional Office in West Africa and Head of ABNE. Prof. Ambali welcomed all staff and especially the new ones, i.e. Ms Modupe Adeyemo, Food Safety Programme Officer, based in Dakar and Ms Agnes Amakie Gidimadzor, Administrative Assistant-Finance, based in Ouagadougou. He encouraged staff to make this meeting a success and come up with a sound strategy plan that will inform ABNE ‘s action for the coming years.
During the meeting, clear vision, mission and values of ABNE were identified along with strategic objectives and priority areas of intervention. As an African-led program with a sound African Union mandate, NEPAD Agency ABNE, with this new strategic plan, ambitions to better serve the interests of African countries and the people in providing effective technology regulatory support services towards Africa’s socioeconomic development.